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Following clues to the origin of mankind, a team finds a structure on a distant moon, but they soon realize they are not alone.

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Ridley Scott
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Noomi Rapace ... Elizabeth Shaw
Michael Fassbender ... David
Charlize Theron ... Meredith Vickers
Idris Elba ... Janek
Guy Pearce ... Peter Weyland
Logan Marshall-Green ... Charlie Holloway
Sean Harris ... Fifield
Rafe Spall ... Millburn
Emun Elliott ... Chance
Benedict Wong ... Ravel
Kate Dickie ... Ford
Branwell Donaghey Branwell Donaghey ... Mercenary 1
Vladimir 'Furdo' Furdik ... Mercenary 2 (as Vladimir Furdik)
C.C. Smiff C.C. Smiff ... Mercenary 3 (as CC Smiff)
Shane Steyn ... Mercenary 4
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Following clues to the origin of mankind, a team finds a structure on a distant moon, but they soon realize they are not alone.

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

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They went looking for our beginning. What they found could be our end. See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for sci-fi violence including some intense images, and brief language | See all certifications »

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USA | UK

Language:

English | Scottish Gaelic

Release Date:

8 June 2012 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Untitled Alien Prequel See more »

Filming Locations:

Scotland, UK See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$130,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£6,234,812 (United Kingdom), 3 June 2012, Limited Release

Opening Weekend USA:

$51,050,101, 10 June 2012, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$126,477,084

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$403,354,469
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2.39 : 1
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Ben Foster was rumored for a role. See more »

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In Miss Vickers suite there is the MedPod. However the MedPod states it is configured for male use. A bit strange when there are so many females on board including the mission director. However, the med-pod was not there for the crew's use (Vickers told Shaw not to touch it) and was clearly there for Peter Weyland's use as he was already in failing health with little time left to live. See more »

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[first lines]
Elizabeth Shaw: Get Charlie.
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Prelude for Piano No. 15 in D Flat Major, Op. 28 No. 15
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Oh dear Ridley what have you done
19 June 2012 | by ben-1815See all my reviews

As an avid Scifi fan I was really looking forward to this 'alien' prequel and perhaps therein lies the problem but this film is flawed on so many levels I do not know where to begin but I will begin with the biggest and most fatal flaw of the lot. I did not care! The characters are so under developed that not only didn't I care about any of them but didn't really understand why any would behave in the ways that they did. Fassbender was OK, Rapace wasn't bad given her command of the English language is less than perfect but all others were vacuous and frankly pointless. Theron suffers particularly for this poor lack of development and just comes across as wooden rather than cold which I suspect was the intention.

The second problem is plausibility. Now I know it's a scifi and you need to suspend disbelief but that should be limited to the premise. As it is we are asked to believe that these so called scientists, educated and measured people would disregard scientific methods and become mindless idiots, wandering off from groups (cliche) and prodding and poking things as soon as they see them. Collecting samples in what can only be described as a duffle bag is among the worst of these actions.

Finally and perhaps most disappointingly for Alien fans is where is the menace? Alien and some of the sequels succeeded because you were anxious almost all the way through the film. Here there was none, no egde of your seat moments, no heart stopping scenes, just a collection of uneven scenes hastily cobbled together to minimal effect.

It is beautifully shot hence why I've given it 4 stars but other than that very poor and for me the most underwhelming film I've seen in a long while!


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